Vegetarian cooking and baking

Vegetarian cooking and baking

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Simple Thali

Simple thali with the following items:
1. Dal makhni
2. Mutter paneer
3. Simple Baingan ki subzi
4. Guacamole
5. Yoghurt
6. Phulkas 
7. Priya cut mango pickle (readymade from store 😀)

Recipe for dal makhni
  • 1 cup  black urad dal and a handful of kashmiri rajma 
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes pureed
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoon Salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teapoon Rajma masala
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

    Soak the black urad dal and kashmiri rajma red kidney beans in water overnight (about 6-7 hours). Drain the water and add fresh water (about 5 cups) and
    pressure cook it for 7-8 whistles. 
    If I'm using instant pot, I put the it on pressure cook (high) for 20 minutes. 
    Chop the onion and fry them in a large kadai wok till golden. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes away. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and 1/2 teaspoon garam masala and 1/4 teaspoon rajma masala. Stir to form a smooth paste.
    Add the boiled kidney beans with water and simmer for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally till smooth and blended completely with the gravy. Now take about 1/2  tsp of kasoori methi and add it crushing between palm of your hands. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with rotis or rice.

    Recipe for mutter paneer
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 medium tomato
    • 1 red pepper/capsicum
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • cashews-a handful
    • 1 cup green peas
    • 500 gms cubed paneer
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 1/2 tsp dhania jeera powder
    • Garam masala/ MDH kitchen king masala a pinch
    • kasuri methi- a pinch
    • Oil 
    • Salt 
    Pour oil in a wok and fry onions until translucent. Add red pepper,  tomato, turmeric, chilli powder, dhania jeera powder and cashews and fry till veggies become soft. Cool and grind into a paste.
    In a kadai, add cumin seeds and once it becomes brown add the paneer and fry till its golden brown. Now add the ground paste and the green peas. Add salt and cook on sim till the peas is done. Add a pinch of garam masala and kasuri methi.
    Serve with hot phulkas and enjoy.

    Recipe for simple baingan ki subzi
    • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
    • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 medium onion chopped
    • 1/2 medium tomato chopped
    • 4-5 medium brinjal
    • 1 tsp- turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • 1/2 tsp dhania jeera powder
    • oil
    • salt

    Pour oil in a wok and add mustard seeds and once they start spluttering add cumin seeds. Next add onions and  fry  until translucent. Add half  tomato and cook till oil seperates. Add turmeric, chilli powder, dhania jeera powder. Add the brinjal and salt to taste; cover and cook till brinjal is soft and done.

    Recipe for guacamole

    Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments section!

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    How to make ghee from unsalted butter

    OK so we are back to some basics in cooking. Making ghee from unsalted butter is absolutely easy. Plus the aroma, texture and the taste of homemade ghee is unparalleled . You can watch the  making of Ghee from unsalted butter on my You tube channel. To read the steps to make ghee read on...

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Sambar powder

    The secret to flavorful sambar lies in its key ingredient. Yes no prizes here for got it! If the sambar powder is no good, the resultant is a bland and sad tasting sambar.To get that genuine taste and kick no store bought brand can do actual justice. A little bit of effort with freshly ground ingredients in the right proportion and there you go !
    So on public demand from a lot of friends and readers here is my recipe for sambar powder to get that lip smacking taste of authentic homemade sambar.